7 Uses for Green Tomatoes

by Merissa on October 11, 2013

in Gardening 101, Recipes

Uses for Green Tomatoes - Little House Living

Uses for Green Tomatoes

Have you had the "hard freeze" in your area yet? If you have, hopefully you had a chance to pick all of your tomatoes and other produce. Tomatoes are something we always pick all of, green or ripe, because there are things you can do with them either way! Of course you can try to ripen the tomatoes (see below) but they don't taste quite as good. Take a look below at uses for green tomatoes that you may not have thought of!

7 Uses for Green Tomatoes:

1. Ripen the tomato indoors.
You can either place the tomato in the window where the sun will ripen it, or you can try another method. Clean the tomato and then wrap it in newspaper and set in a cool place. Check on it daily and within a few days you should have a red tomato.

2. Give your sauce a boost.
You can blend your green tomatoes along with a few tablespoons of white wine and get a tasty puree that will give your traditional tomato sauces a boost. Just puree and pour into your sauce.

3. Make fried green tomatoes.
This is an old Southern favorite and a great way to use those green tomatoes. First, slice tomatoes and ten dip in an egg wash. Place the tomato slice in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Next, place in a pan of hot oil and fry until golden brown.

4. Add to your vegetable sir fry.
If you are making an assorted veggie stir fry, chop or slice your green tomatoes finely and toss in. You can toss them with a little oil and salt and pepper first if you wish for extra tasty flavor.

5. Make green tomato pickles.
Have you made Green Tomato Pickles yet? Make some! If you don't like the spiciness you can always leave that out.

6. Add to your omelets.
Green tomatoes add excellent color and flavor to your morning meal! Just chop the tomato fine and toss into your omelet or scrambled eggs. So easy, tasty, and healthy!

7. Grill them!
You can put your green tomatoes on skewers or slice and place on the grill directly. They will taste smoky, meaty, and quite tasty. You can soak them in marinade prior to grilling if you wish or just season with salt and pepper.

See how easy it is to use those green tomatoes? So the next time you find a sad little green tomato that fell off the vine too soon or you have to pick because of a frost, give one of these tips and tricks a try and give it a second life. There are so many practical and tasty choices to pick from!

What are your favorite uses for green tomatoes?

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam October 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

Luckily we have not had a hard freeze yet, but will very soon.. I still have a lot of green tomatoes, and had no idea what to do with them.

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2 Merissa October 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

Well now you have some new ideas! :)

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3 Tricia October 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

You can make cake with them! Or salsa Verde.

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4 Merissa October 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

Cake? Do you have a recipe to share? :)

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5 Lynn October 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

I just made a TRIPLE batch of the most yummiest of green tomato salsa! ; )

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6 Merissa October 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

That sounds yummy, I love salsa!

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7 Laurie October 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I make green salsa with mine. It becomes the base for my shrimp and sausage gumbo that I make. It’s also good over cream cheese.

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8 Lynn October 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Great ideas Laurie! Going to have to try that.

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9 Lynn October 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

Recipe for ONE batch:
5 lbs green tomatoes , 1-3 yellow onions , 1-2 jalapeno peppers more if you like hot, 4 red bell peppers, I used what I had so yellow and green too. Just make sure it’s 4 altogether. 6 garlic cloves, 1 cup shredded zucchini since I had some in the frig. 1 cup lemon or lime juice.. I use lemon had that in the frig too.. 1/2 cup vinegar, 1TBSP salt I used table salt. but pickling would work too..1/2 TBSP cumin, 1 TBSP oregano, Or Itailano spice from Costco because I had that..2tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 2tsp sugar…

Chop ingred. to your liking. I just used my food processor to make it thick instead of chunky. OH you don’t need to take the skin off green tomatoes. Just wash and chop… super easy!!

Bring to a boil.. then simmer for abt 1 hour… bottle and water bath for abt 15 mins…Store bottle in fridge if doesn’t seal. Otherwise, put away on shelves. So easy and SO good! I ate an entire bottle myself for lunch one day with some whole grain crackers. ; )

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10 Merissa October 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thank you for sharing that!

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11 Jennifer October 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

Green tomato ketchup…I made some already, delish!

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12 Merissa October 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

Recipe?

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13 Jennifer October 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Green tomato ketchup

4lbs tomatoes
2 large onions
1t black pepper
1T ground mustard
1t worchesteshire sauce
1 1/2 Cups white vinegar
1/2 Cup honey
Simmer all ingredients except honey for 2-3 hours. Blend and and return to pot. Strain if desired. Add honey(I used raw can sugar). You’re done! At this point you can store in fridge or can in a water bath. Process pints for 15 minutes. Enjoy the yummy goodness!

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14 Merissa October 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Thank you for sharing!

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15 Jennifer October 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

4lbs tomatoes
2 large onions
1t black pepper
1T ground mustard
1t worchesteshire sauce
1 1/2 Cups white vinegar
1/2 Cup honey
Simmer all ingredients except honey for 2-3 hours. Blend and and return to pot. Strain if desired. Add honey(I used raw can sugar). You’re done! At this point you can store in fridge or can in a water bath. Process pints for 15 minutes. Enjoy the yummy goodness!

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16 Samantha McClellan October 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

I made Salsa Verde with mine… it turned out great :)

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17 Donna in SC October 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

When we have been fortunate enough to have a few green tomatoes at the end of the season, we would make green tomato pie. It’s made like an apple pie except using green tomatoes and a little extra sugar….I liked to add a few raisins and lots of cinnamon.

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18 Elise October 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Ill have to keep the stir- fry tip in mind, i love stir fry! We usually use green tomatoes for green tomato relish – delicious!

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19 Andrea October 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Mmm, those tomatoes look so good! I have been wanting to make fried green tomatoes for a while! Our tomatoes were attacked by whiteflies and they destroyed our plants :( But I will pin this and keep it in mind for next year’s bounty!

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20 Steven Smith October 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

Make a green tomato pie! Double crust pie. Slice thin green tomatoes and about 1 lemon. Layer tomato, lemons, sugar, instant tapioca and a drizzle of molasses until you fill up the pie crust. You’ll use a total of about 3/4-1C. sugar. Put a pat of butter on top and put on top crust. Bake in oven at 425 for 15 minutes and 350 for the rest of the hour. Let it cool and enjoy! It’s old fashioned and a unique taste that makes a nice afternoon dessert.

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21 TabWood October 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

All I got was mostly green tomato’s this year . I made green tomato salsa just like you would make red. I did add some red tomato sauce and some tomato past to it and it worked great.

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22 joyce bailey October 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I have made GREEN TOMATO JAM really good here is how I make mine 5 cups ground/ shredded green tomatoes ,4 cups Sugar, 2 small pkgs or 1 large pkgs jello any flavor I used my blender to puree my tomatoes , bring tomatoes to a boil,add sugar and slow boil for 15 min. take off stove and stir in jello until well mixed , fill jars and water bath for 10 min .

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23 Merissa October 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Thank you for sharing that recipe!

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24 Donna H. October 31, 2013 at 11:06 am

I use my green tomatoes for pie, in salsa verde, in freezer raspberry green tomato jam, in canned blueberry green tomato jam, in apple green tomato chutney, and I dry the rest in slices or can them in slices for fried green maters through the winter. I also did some tomolives a couple of years ago that were wonderful!!!

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25 Jennifer Neddo December 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

My favorite relish recipe is made with green tomatoes instead of cukes, don’t have the recipe off hand but I’m sure folks can google and find it

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26 Ruth February 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

Green Tomatoe Pie (taste of apple pie, but small children may not like it)
5 medium green tomatoes
1 T. butter or coconut oil or palm oil
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. flour
Note, do not cut down on the spices. If done wrong, might taste like mincemeat pie or etc. If you’re like me, it might taste good regardless, but if made correctly, one child might like it (of several, and adults).

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